Is This Thing On?

On Thursday evening the motherboard on my workstation died a horrible death. On Friday morning I went on to Amazon, and ordered a new one with Prime’s $3.99 next day shipping, and it arrived today. Given that I’ve ordered a grill, a hot water heater, and a portable air conditioner all using Prime this year, and considering saved my butt during this computing emergency, I think I can safely say I’ve gotten my 70 dollars worth out of it.

The new board is an Intel Gigabyte GA-Q77-D2H, replacing my Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 that ate itself. Fortunately the CPU seems to be fine (given the socket was damaged when I removed it, I had worried that the failure may have fried the CPU too.) But all is well, and this new board actually works much better than the old board for my purposes. I am hoping this will be the end of my crashes. At this point the only thing I haven’t replaced is the power supply and CPU.

3 Responses to “Is This Thing On?”

  1. Arnie says:

    Glad to hear you’re back up, sir!!!

    I just saw this this morning: ABC News just reported a tragic death of a 7-year-old accidentally shot by his father as he was getting into his truck “outside a Pennsylvania gun store.” No other details yet.

    As gut-wrenchingly sad as this is, I fear our adversaries will not hesitate to exploit it to make your lives in that State less free.

    With sincere grief, Arnie

  2. Matt says:

    I sure hope my GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 doesn’t bite it. I have an Ivy Bridge i7-3770 mounted in it. Did your board overheat? I’ve never had modern motherboards fail. Just one power supply (which Corsair replaced) and two SSDs which were RMA’d. My Gigabyte boards have been very reliable. Quite curious as to what happened.

  3. NUGUN says:

    Can I make a suggestion?


    From what it sounds like, your board fried/shorted. You’ve had a number of problems concurrently. This would lead me to conclude it could have been a bad board. Or, it could be a bad power supply that is failing to provide steady current. As you’ve potentially had multiple failures (memory, motherboard). It leads me to strongly suspect a bad power supply.

    After all the investments. I wouldn’t risk it. I’d spend the $50-$100 on a new power unit and swap it out.